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Brendan Gahan

Operating Advisor

Brendan is an operating advisor at Bessemer where he specializes in online communities and the creator economy. He has a particular interest in all things web3.

Brendan Gahan is partner and chief social officer at the independent creative agency Mekanism, leading the agency’s social division. Gahan has been at the forefront of the social and influencer marketing space since 2006, creating disruptive campaigns for brands such as Mountain Dew, Unilever, MolsonCoors, and The Olympics. Brendan has been named to Forbes 30 Under 30 list in marketing and advertising and his former agency, Epic Signal, was recognized as Digiday’s Digital Video Agency of the year in 2017. He currently sits on the Vidcon Advisory Board and is an active investor and advisor in the creator economy and web3 startups.

Additionally, Brendan is a regular contributor to Forbes and Entrepreneur, and has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Ad Age, and more for his commentary on influencer marketing. You can read his blog at

Brendan earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and history from the University of California, Santa Cruz. In his free time, you can find Brendan making TikTok's, planning his next surf trip, or going for runs along New York City's West Side Highway.